07/08/18 Uncategorized

Linen Texture – A New Trend in Furniture and Interior Design

Linen Texture – A New Trend in Furniture and Interior Design

As a Toronto based wood products supplier, we notice a trend in the local market of increased demand for linen texture products.

Linen products offer textile texture in a variety of gray hues.

Linen is a great choice for designers who wish to give a luxurious look to their project.

Popular uses for linen texture are cabinets and shelving units, although other uses are increasing in popularity as well.

What fuels this trend may be a wish to look beyond the wide spread use of white and gray colors and smooth texture and the desire to explore unique and intriguing textures that provide an air of luxury.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in the new trend for linen texture products and would like to know how you can incorporate linen in your interior design project.


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13/11/17 Uncategorized

New Egger Colors in Stock!

As a growing Toronto wood supplier, Decotec Inc. is committed to continuous adjusting and updating of our stock according to clients’ preference and demand.

The following 4 colors were recently added to our Egger products stock and are available for order:

H1171 Cream Halifax Oak ST37

H1123 Graphitewood ST22

H1122 Whitewood ST22

H3157 Vicenza Oak ST12

H1171 Cream Halifax Oak ST37 H1123 Graphitewood ST22 H1122 Whitewood ST22 H3157 Vicenza Oak ST12

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26/10/17 Uncategorized

How Recycling Makes Egger Wood Products Even Better

Egger wood products are known for their high quality and elegant look. As a Canadian supplier of Egger wood products, we are happy to inform potential clients that Egger is integrating wood recycling in to its operation.

The wood recycling business

Wood recycling developed early in the 1990’s as a result of public opinion that started to lean toward forest preservation and the worries over potential climate change.

Recycled wood products are used for the reconstruction of new wood panels or as a source of energy.

wood products manufacturers benefit from recycling wood because modern clients  are aware and value efforts that are made in order to preserve the environment. Each recycled product represents a preserved tree in a forest and a saving of a large amount of energy that would have been used to cut down, transfer and process that tree. Other benefits are the reduction in wood-related waste and the creation of jobs in an industry that contributes to sustainability.

Egger’s recycling operation

Egger’s recycling arm, Timberpak, is recycling wood collected in manufacturing facilities, construction sites, industrial facilities and from civic amenity sites. Timberpak offers wood waste collection service to those who don’t want to deposit the wood for recycling on of Timberpark’s collection sites.

All material is inspected upon arrival at the facility. Metal and other unwanted elements are removed before the material enters the recycling process. Egger is proud of the fact that this process helps reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills and thus helps preserving the environment. Another fact to be proud of is that the recycling process eliminates the release of carbon, which further helps environmental efforts.

Timberpark’s diligent selection process ensures the high quality or the recycled material.







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22/09/17 Uncategorized

A Modern Kitchen Design Trend That You Should Know About

Decotec Inc. supplies wood products to the industry’s leading kitchen builders and designers.

In recent years, we are noticing a trend of using wood surfaces that feature natural grain feel and color.

Over the last few years we have seen more and more kitchens and interior designers taking advantage of high quality wood surfaces in order to enhance the perceived value and visual appeal of their projects.

Here are some examples of using Egger wood products in modern kitchens:


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20/09/17 Uncategorized

Find Your Ideal Wood Panels in Egger’s 2017 Collection

Egger, a leading wood products manufacturer, have released their 2017 collection.

The trend of using wood panels of different colors for kitchens and other interior design projects is increasing in recent years.

The right grain patterns and colors can enhance any project by giving it an elegant classic or contemporary look.

Watch the following video for examples:


The new collection features new and improved products that can be used in different contexts.

All products in the catalog are available through Decotec Inc.



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11/08/17 Uncategorized

Compact Laminate – the Right Choice for Your Project?

What is compact laminate

Are you looking for modern, clean, smooth looking kitchen design?

Interested in a durable, moisture resistant and easy to clean surfaces in your kitchen?

Compact Laminate may be the best solution for you.

Constructed in a way that makes it ideal for certain purposes, compact laminate has the advantages of an engineered material combined with the stylish appearance of some of the finest wood products.

compact laminate

How is it made

The production process includes soaking paper sheets in a special liquid that contributes to the final product’s strength and durability.

After drying, the sheets are then pressed between laminated sheets. The product is then baked in an oven at high temperature.  The material is going through the process of polymerisation in which small molecules (called Monomers) are combined to form larger ones (called Polymers). This process creates a stronger, more durable material.

Advantages of compact laminate

Compact laminate is considered to be one of the most strong and resilient surfaces that you can use for furniture and interior design. The surfaces have better resistance to moisture than most alternative products.

The combination of an artificially designed material and natural looking texture and color provides an advantage over other materials that don’t have these features. It is both durable and elegant. It can be made to resemble natural grain patterns while maintaining superior durability and uniformity typical to an engineered material.

Compact laminate is also stronger than most alternatives. It can be used in areas that are likely to present substantial impact on the surfaces. This material is also quite easy to clean which makes it ideal in places like kitchens and dinning rooms.

Main uses of compact laminate

Its resistance to moisture makes it a good choice for high-moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, change rooms, etc.

Its strength, durability and thinness appeal to designers of offices, labs, commercial spaces, restrooms etc.

The modern smooth and clean-looking surfaces appeal to interior and furniture designers who plan both residential and commercial projects.

Supply and availability

Decotec Inc. supplies compact laminate sheets in various dimensions, colors and textures.

Our products are chosen by a large number of designers and manufacturers for their high quality, appealing appearance and commercial considerations such as availability, service and price.

Contact us today to see how we can help you get the compact laminate products that you need for your project.



What is compact laminate?

Features and uses of compact laminate


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01/08/17 Uncategorized

Cabinet Wood Doors – Finding the Right Ones for Your Kitchen

Cabinet Wood Doors – Finding the Right Ones for Your Kitchen

Modern kitchen design

Wooden door panels create a special atmosphere in the kitchen that can not be achieved using other materials.

Many modern kitchens feature clean surfaces with a metallic or a glassy look. Wood panels may not be the average home owner’s choice, but they offer unique features that can not be overlooked.

If you are one of the home owners who are aware of wood’s special appeal, we would like to welcome you and offer you some information and access to a great selection  of cabinet wood doors through our service as one of Toronto’s leading wood products suppliers.

How to choose cabinet wood doors

When choosing wood cabinet doors for your kitchen, you may want to be aware of a few features of wood products. Wood products usually have a unique grain.

Grain is a pattern created by the fibers in a piece of wood. There are different typical pattern for different types of wood. Even two pieces of the same type of wood will each have a distinct grain pattern.

The grain is what makes wood products so special. Each wood product has it own uniqueness, in large part due to its grain.

Another important feature of wood products is the color. Different trees produce lumber with different colors. In some cases, the color of natural wood may change over time, depending on environmental conditions such as light and humidity. This may not necessarily be a negative thing, since some people argue that the color can sometimes “improve” over time. This is an issue that should be discussed with your wood supplier, so you’ll have the right color for your kitchen.

Cabinet door dimensions

Kitchen cabinet doors come in different shapes and sizes. Ask your cabinet wood door supplier if they have the dimensions that you need. At Decotec Inc. we can supply kitchen cabinet doors that are custom made to fit different specifications. Ask us for about the availability of doors that fit desired dimensions or our ability to produce doors of such dimensions.

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28/07/17 Uncategorized

Lumber Industry News – Canada and U.S. Close to Lumber Trade Agreement

Lumber Industry News – Canada and U.S. Close to Lumber Trade Agreement

Earlier this year, the Trump administration raised taxes on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. by up to 27 percent. The move was seen as harmful for the Canadian lumber industry, especially in provinces that rely heavily on the trade such as British Columbia.

Getting close to an agreement

British Columbia Premier John Horgan Announced yesterday that the two countries are close to reaching an agreement. It is believed that the new agreement will improve the situation that was created by the previous U.S. decision to raise duties on Canadian lumber.

That previous decision came after a coalition of U.S. lumber producers had asked the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to act in order to reduce Canadian lumber export in to the U.S.

The reason for this request made by the U.S. lumber coalition was that the Canadian government was presumably helping the Canadian lumber industry by unfairly subsidizing and lowering Canadian producers’ cost of production. The coalition of U.S. lumber manufacturers argued that American businesses are hurt because of this unfair competition.

Saving the Canadian lumber industry

Canadian industry representatives and politicians argue that the current situation in which Canadian lumber is taxed at an average of 27 percent is harmful for the industry and that a better arrangement should be found in which Canadian companies will be able to profit and keep their employees. It is important to note that the demand for lumber in the U.S. housing market exceeds local lumber production in the U.S. and Canada was a welcomed partner in lumber trade for many decades.

British Columbia’s premier John Horgan recently met with U.S. officials in an attempt to get better terms in the future lumber trade agreement. Horgan met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and with Robert Lighthizer U.S. trade secretary who is in charge of negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These meetings

Mr. Horgan says that he sees great importance in his attempt to get a better deal as the lumber industry plays an important role in his Province’s economy. British Columbia is responsible for about half of Canada’s softwood lumber.



News report – lumber trade negotiations

Background on U.S. – Canada lumber dispute


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24/07/17 Uncategorized

Cabinet Doors Supplier’s Opinion of Thermofoil Doors

Cabinet Doors Supplier’s Opinion of Thermofoil Doors

Cabinet doors supplier’s take on Thermofoil cabinet doors

As a supplier of kitchen cabinet doors, we are regularly asked for our opinion of Thermofoil doors.

Thermofoil cabinet doors are very popular among home owners and builders for good reasons.

The artificial material was designed to serve certain purposes that many would find important.

The manufacturing process enables the production of large quantities of Thermofoil products at a short time and at a relatively low cost and many cabinet door suppliers will tell you that availability of proper size Thermofoil doors is usually not an issue.

So what is Thermofoil and how to decide whether or not it’s good for your kitchen?

How does a Thermofoil door made?

Thermofoil cabinet doors are made by attaching vinyl sheets on top of MDF sheets, using pressure and vacuum and some glue-like materials to keep the different layers attached.

The vinyl cover adds some desirable qualities to the MDF. It makes the new door more durable and water resistant. It can be painted much more easily than the original MDF. It has a clean look that is appealing to many home owners today.

The advantages and Disadvantages of Thermofoil cabinet doors

Cabinet door suppliers who recommend their Thermofoil doors will usually refer to it’s lower price point, its solid, smooth surface and the fact that it is easier to clean Thermofoil doors than doors made of most other materials.

As an experienced cabinet door supplier, we can add a few points to that list.

The first point is very subjective: The clean and smooth surfaces of this product are appealing to some home owners more than they are to others. If you like this style, you will probably like it the first moment you’ll see it. The other advantage is its availability.

Since Thermofoil doors are manufactured in a factory, large quantities can be produced in a relatively short time. Many different sizes are available as well.

This can be an advantage over cabinet doors that are made from natural wood, that may sometimes be in short supply due to natural causes or logistic causes.

To learn more contact your Thermofoil cabinet doors supplier at Decotec Inc.


Should you buy Thermofoil cabinet doors?

Popular cabinet doors styles



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21/07/17 Uncategorized

Choosing Wood for Your Woodcraft Project

Choosing Wood for Your Woodcraft Project

Many of our clients are looking for the right type of wood for their next project. They contact us because they know that as a wood supplier we have a large selection of different wood types. The challenge is to know which is the right one for them.

Choosing the Right Kind of Wood

Your choice of wood is critical for the success of your project. Different types of wood have different qualities that will determine thing like :

  • The way you can work with the wood,
  • How the end result will look,
  • How resilient it will be,
  • How suitable for the environment where it is eventually placed

When looking at a supplier’s warehouse or a hardware store, look for lumber that was not coated or over treated. When looking at the piece of lumber you should be able to see the natural features of the wood.

The kind of lumber that you are looking for is called dimensional. It was cut at a mill and made flat on all its sides. This lumber is called by its measurements of thickness, width and length, for example 2X4X6 which means that it is 2 inches thick, 4 inches wide and 6 feet long.

Knowing the Actual Dimensions

When planning your project you should be aware of the way lumber dimensions are measured in the wood industry. When you buy a 2X4 piece of lumber, the actual dimensions will be 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Any stated size above 2 inches represents an actual size that is half an inch less, so 2 will actually be 1.5 and 3 is 2.5.  One inch stated represents 0.75 inch. So a 1X2 piece is actually 0.75 inch thick and 1.5 inch wide.

The Right Wood for You

Many experts recommend using softwood for a do-it-yourself woodworking project. Softwoods are easier to work with. They are softer, lighter and easier to bend, which may help in case you need to apply a little force to make all pieces fit in to their place.

Try to determine the level of moisture before you choose a certain piece of lumber. You can know the amount of moisture by using a special tool that measures it or by feeling its weight – if you already have some experience with wood. If there is too much moisture in your wood – the lumber will change as it dries over time, which can damage to your project. Choose lumber with low levels of moisture – around 10 percent or below.

Look for knots and don’t choose a piece that has too many of them. If there is a knot, pay attention to the condition of the wood around it. Look for any sign of weakening or warping.

Place the lumber on the ground or attach it to a straight object in order to see how straight it is. Choose only pieces that are not bent or twisted in any way. Carefully watch all sides of the lumber and look for signs of warping or twisting. Also, make sure that your lumber is solid with no signs of small cracks.

For more information about how to choose the right wood for your project, contact an experienced wood supplier like Decotec Inc.



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18/07/17 Uncategorized

Wood Structures Around The World – Superior Dome

As a Toronto wood supplier, at Decotec Inc. we are always interested to learn how wood is being used around the world. From residential homes to public buildings, wood is a key component in construction. We are always happy to discover unusual and creative ways that wood is being used in the construction of impressive structures. One such structure is the Superior Dome in Michigan.

The World’s Largest Wooden Dome

At 143 feet tall and 536 feet diameter, the Superior Dome in Michigan is the largest wooden dome in the world. It has a maximum capacity to host 16,000 people and half of that if they all sit in their seats.

The dome was recorded in 2010 edition of Guinness World Records as the largest wooden dome and the 5th largest dome (of any kind) in the world.

The dome was constructed in 1991 at a cost of $21.8 million, funded by the state of Michigan. More additions were completed in 1995 at a cost of $2.1 million, funded by a combination of donations and loans.

An interesting feature of the dome is an artificial turf carpet that can be retracted in 30 minutes. The carpet is used for hosting football, soccer and field hockey Below the carpet there are spaces for three basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts and a 200-meter track.

Impressive example for wood construction

The Superior Dome is an impressive example for the use of wood in large construction projects. Large scale projects of this kind require specialized knowledge and skill that anyone in the wood industry can appreciate.

We will try to find more examples of interesting projects where wood was skilfully used and write about them in our next blog posts.



World’s most impressive wooden structures 



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03/07/17 Uncategorized

Lumber Industry Challenged by U.S. Policy

Lumber Industry Challenged by U.S. Policy

As a Toronto wood supplier, Decotec Inc. is part of the wood and lumber industry in Canada.

A recent development that is affecting the industry is connected to U.S. duties imposed on imported wood products that are coming to the U.S. from Canada.

The U.S. administration has recently increased taxes on such products by 6.87 percent, increasing the total taxation on the products to about 27 percent. The increase is seen as another attempt to protect U.S. interests while unfairly hurting the Canadian lumber industry.

Canada is the largest trade partner of the U.S. with 27 percent of U.S. lumber coming from Canada. Experts suspect that U.S. government’s latest move reflects pressure coming  from the U.S. lumber industry in response to Canada’s support of the Canadian lumber industry. The Canadian $867 million government support to the industry may be seen as a threat to U.S. competitors who decided to pressure their own government in return.

Spokespeople from various Canadian companies and organizations talked harshly about the news, calling in unjustified and unfair.

Meanwhile, prices of wood products in Canada remain reasonable, making it relatively easy to fund interior design, construction and new furniture production.

Contact your local wood supplier for more advice on wood product supply.

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30/06/17 Uncategorized

Oak Wood – The Many Unknown Uses of Oak

Oak Wood – The Many Unknown Uses of Oak

Oak wood is in high demand all across North America for a variety of uses in construction, home design and in the furniture industry. Many in these industries appreciate well known qualities of Oak wood such as its unique grain patterns, color, and durability.

As a wood supplier, Decotec Inc. is supplying large quantities of Oak to clients in the above mentioned industries. We find it interesting to point out a few other, less known uses.

Oak wood has some less known qualities and uses

Oak has a long and prestigious history. Its dense consistency made it a preferred choice for ship builders and it was used by vikings for this purpose. Its unique grain made it appealing to ancient interior designers, and it was used inside historical buildings such as England’s House of Commons. Oak was used for war ships in Europe and for construction.

Another use that is not well known is in the wine industry. A long list of alcoholic beverages are made and preserved in Oak wood barrels. The wood affects different features of the wine such as color and aroma. Similarly, the wood is used for smoking foods such as cheese, meat and fish, adding its unique flavor.

In the musical instruments industry, Oak wood is used for making high quality drums. Its high density causes the sound to be louder and clearer comparing to drums made from other woods.

Another less known use of Oak is in wine bottles corks. Corks are made from the bark of the tree.






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28/06/17 Uncategorized

Exotic Wood – Advice From a Toronto Wood Supplier

Exotic Wood – Advice From a Toronto Wood Supplier

Decotec Inc. is a supplier of wood products that include domestic and exotic wood products.

What exactly is exotic wood?

There is no formal definition. The term exotic wood usually refers to wood originated from a country outside of North America or Europe. This wood may also come from trees that don’t grown in large numbers, as opposed to the North American forestry industry. This can even be wood from a tree that does grow in North America but in this specific case the wood came from outside of North America or Europe.

Why do many people look for exotic wood products?

Many home owners, designers and builders are attracted to exotic wood products because of several reasons:

  1. Exotic wood is sometimes considered to be harder than domestic (North American) wood. This is of course a generalization and does not apply in every single case. If you are looking for the hardest version of your preferred wood you should check to see if this is really the case.
  2. Some trees are not common in North America or don’t even grow here at all. If you are interested in a grain and color of a tree that is not common here, you may have to buy an import from a more “exotic” place.

Choosing between exotic and domestic wood

In most situations, what matters most when choosing wood type for your project is the features of the wood and the price. We would advise that you first find a few grains and colors that you like and then check their availability. The fact that the wood may be exotic or domestic may affect the price, so check with your wood supplier and decide. You will also need to ensure that the wood that you’d like to use actually meets the requirements of your project. For example, it may need to be strong enough to carry a certain weight, withstand certain temperatures and humidity and so on.


Check this link for a list of wood types and their specifications

Exotic wood definition 

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26/06/17 Uncategorized

Wood Trade in Canada – a Brief Overview

Wood Trade in Canada – a Brief Overview

As a wood supplier in the greater Toronto area, Decotec Inc is proud to be part of the Canadian wood industry with its diverse historical roots and its immense influence on the Canadian economy.

The early history of Canada’s wood industry

Early European settlers started using wood for construction as early as the 11th century. The quantities of lumber production has increased continuously as the number of settlers has increased over the next centuries.

The 19th century saw an increased demand for wood products fueled by Napoleon’s wars in Europe and military building efforts of other European nations. The British empire was cut off by the French from its traditional wood suppliers in Europe and turned to Canada – a land covered by huge forests.

Work was done mainly in the winter because it was easier to cut trees and transfer the lumber on icy ground. Another reason was that many workers were out of work during the winter and employers could pay less and still attract enough workers.

The demand for wood caused the development of an industry that required large capital investment in equipment and man power, and caused the development of new settlements and infrastructure. Since then, the logging industry never stopped evolving and became one of Canada’s major industries.

Canada’s wood industry today

Canadian forests are covering about 42 percent of Canada’s land. The Canadian forestry industry supplies mainly three types of trees: Spurce, Poplar and Pine. Canada is the world’s second wood products exporter. In 2015 Canada exported more than 21.5 billion dollars worth of wood products, up from $20.7 billion in 2014 and $19 billion in 2013.  The U.S. is the largest trading partner for wood products, more than China and Japan (numbers 2 and 3 on the list).  Most forestry work is done in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Environmental concerns such as deforestation are addressed by modern management practices forestry and federal regulations. See the following video for more information on the industry:




Statistics Canada

Canadian museum of history

Historica Canada





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22/06/17 Uncategorized

Here is list of key terms in the wood industry

Here is list of key terms in the wood industry

What is the difference between chipboard, compact laminate, feelwood, laminate, melamine, MFC and MDF?

Check out this glossary of key terms in the wood industry

Chipboard – a type of low density paperboard of thickness 0.15 millimeter (0.006 inch) or more, made from reclaimed paper stock. They are made by adhering wood particles together with an adhesive, under heat and pressure. This creates a rigid board with a relatively smooth surface.

Compact laminate – also known as solid phenolic, is a paper fiber-based solid surface material that is warmer to the touch than typical acrylic or polyester materials.

It is constructed with layers of Kraft paper, dipped in resin and dried. These layers are then sandwiched between laminated top and bottom sheets, compressed and baked. A process called polymerisation melds them all together creating a solid- core panel that becomes an extra strong and  durable laminate. Compact laminate is typically black or brown in colour. Some manufacturers offer a wider variety of core colours. Compact laminate edges can be machined to a smoothness exceeding that of solid surface material.

Feelwood  – represents a synchronized texture in which the panel texture changes according to the wood grain, just like in real wood. EGGER is the first in the world to offer synchronised pore decors on a compact laminate.

The Feelwood decors use the latest technology to align grain pattern with the surface texture of the board. These woodgrain decors take a step closer to resembling real wood and create an even more authentic finish. The Feelwood range can offer benefits which are not available when using real wood. Panels can be replaced without the fear that they will not complement the remaining furniture or panelling. Feelwood is also of higher resistance and durability than real wood.

Laminate is a decorative laminate based on curable resins. The laminate is constructed by fusing multiple layer and comprise of melamine resin impregenated decor paper and several phenolic resin impregenated core layers.

Melamineis an engineered wood product which is then covered  with a resin and paper finish that can be manufactured to embody a variety of colours and styles. Melamine is typically used for cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas throughout the home.

MFC – stands for Melamine Faces Chipboards. Many office furnitures are manufactured with this material. There are a number of different levels of thicknesses, but generally the industry standard is 25mm thick.  

It is made from resin coated particles of softwood. The particles are evenly spread over a flat plate and heat bonded together under high pressure. The melamine face refers to the decorative finish found on either side of the chipboard, which is often white in colour. Yet it also comes in a multitude of colours and different textured wood grains which range from sheen, Matt and gloss.

The quality of the chipboard primarily relies  on the density of the board. Many domestic furniture uses low density board, which is light in weight, whereas many  commercial grade furnitures  are made of a dense board – as it stops flexing and bending. The finished chipboard is then cut to shape and size, edged with a banding machine to protect the edges. These panels can then be used to make furniture

MDF – known as medium density fiberboard. It is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, often in a defibrator. Applying high pressure and temperature, the woodfibers are then melded with a wax and a resin binder, and forming panels. It is generally denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is more durable and denser than particle board.

MDF is a very versatile building material that can be used in a variety of applications. This includes making cabinets and mouldings. MDF’s characteristics include being smooth and resistance to warping.

Decotec is a distributor of Egger wood products in Canada. We supply superior quality European decorative panels, specializing in textured, high gloss, and super matte surfaces. Decotec is committed to offer innovative products, and to form new trends in the design & woodworking industries.

If you have any questions or inquires, we will be happy to assist you.

We are located in the GTA.

Our address is:

975 Alness Street
Ontario, M3J 2J1



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20/06/17 Uncategorized

Wood Wall Paneling – from a Toronto Wood Supplier

Wood wall paneling is an established trend in modern interior design. The features of the wood that you choose for your project set the atmosphere for the whole interior design.

Wood type, color and grain patterns are all important considerations when it comes to choosing the right wood for your wood wall paneling.

As a Toronto supplier of local and international wood products, Decotec Inc carries a large variety of wood panels that you can use for your wood wall paneling project.

If you want to be sure that we do carry the type of wood that you plan on using, please don’t hesitate to call us.


Here are some ideas and inspiration for your next wood wall paneling project:

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16/06/17 Uncategorized

Types Of Wood

Why You Should Know About Wood Types

As one of Canada’s leading wood suppliers, we at Decotec Inc. believe that our clients and website visitors can benefit from learning about the features and benefits of different types of commonly used wood. We believe that a true appreciation of wood products can come only when the buyer/owner knows the unique qualities of the wood and can truly compare it to other products. Wood furniture are unique products in today’s industrialized world  in that that they are made of a natural ingredient that can not be precisely duplicated and has a direct connection to nature.

Hard Wood And Soft Wood

The traditional categories of wood are hard wood and soft wood.

  • Hard wood is coming from wide-leaves trees that have seeds. These trees are shedding their leaves in the fall. Some well known examples are Oak, Birch, Maple, Sycamore and Cherry.
  • Soft wood is coming from coniferous trees. There are about 600 types of coniferous trees. In most species, leaves are shaped as needles and are not shed in the fall. The wood is used for furniture, construction, paper and medicine! Examples are Cedar, Pine, Fir and Cypress.

Now that we know about the basic categories, lets examine some of the most used types.

Here are some commonly used types of Hard Wood

Oak: With about 250 species of Oak in North America and about 100 in China, Oak is a leading choice for furniture manufacturers and consumers. Oak wood is known for being especially strong and durable and is used for interior design and for making good furniture.

oak wood

Mahogany: Known for being strong and durable, Mahogany is used for building high quality furniture. The tree grows in many different parts of the world such as Mexico, Brazil, The Caribbeans, the Philippines and more. Mahogany from the Caribbeans is considered the strongest, while those from Africa and the Philippines are softer and cheaper. The color is red-brown and the grain is straight without holes or pockets. It is a great wood for building strong, durable furniture. It does not tend to rot, which made it ideal for boats, and is also used for musical instruments – mainly guitars.


Walnut: Walnut trees grow in Europe, China, Japan and America – form Canada to Argentina. The name Walnut comes from an old English expression that means “foreign nut”, as it was brought to England from Italy. Walnut timber is hard and dense and the color is anywhere between light grey to black. Walnut is considered a great material for furniture and Walnut veneer is ideal for kitchen cabinets. The wood was used in the past for building guns and is still used for musical instruments such as pipe organs.

walnut wood/tree

Cherry: With other famous relatives in its family such as Almonds and Peaches, the cherry trees are known more for their fruit than for the wood and the unique grain. Cherry trees grow in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Cherry wood has very visible ring patterns. It is widely used for furniture and interior furnishing.

cherry wood

Maple: Most of the 128 species of Maple trees, grow in Asia. Some grow in Europe and North America and North Africa. The best timber is made out of the North American Sugar Maple and of the European Sycamore Maple tree. Besides the maple syrup, Maple trees are famous for the unique grain patterns and for the strength and endurance of the wood. The Sugar Maple, which is especially hard, is used for bowling pins and alley lanes,   baseball bats and butchers’ blocks. It is also used for making musical instruments such as violins, cellos and guitars.

Anyone who ever visited Canada in the fall must have noticed the strong red and yellow colors of the Maple leaves during that season.

maple tree leaves


Here are some commonly used types of Soft Wood:

Cedar: Cedars grow all the way from the U.S. through Central America to South America. One of the reasons that make it a favorite material for cabinets is that it’s know for being moth repellent.

cedar wood cabinets

Pine: Pine trees grow in the northern hemisphere in places like Europe, North America including Canada, U.S. and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbeans. Most of the 126 or more species remain green throughout the year. Pines are grown in plantation for being used for lumber in the furniture and construction industries. Pine trees are planted in new parks and are also used as Christmas trees.

pine trees

Redwood: The tallest trees in the world are a type of Redwood trees. Some Redwoods live for more than 2,500 years! The Redwoods grow only in the U.S. (California and Oregon) and in China. Some Redwood lumber is extremely durable in humidity, light and temperature and is therefore used for outdoor furniture and structures.

redwood trees








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16/06/17 Inspiration

Kitchen Design Trends Videos 2017

Following are some interesting 2017 kitchen design videos to give you some inspiration before you begin your next kitchen project. Enjoy.


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